From the monthly archives:

October 2009

Half-term fun

by Richard on October 30, 2009

Victorian Town, Ironbridge
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Half-term fun

by Richard on October 30, 2009

Living it up at the Park House Hotel, Shifnal
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Evangelical universalism:a postscript

by Kim on October 30, 2009

On the subject of “evangelical universalism”, I would highly recommend George Hunsinger’s excellent essay “Hellfire and Damnation: Four Ancient and Modern Views” (in Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000], pp.226-249).
After reviewing the traditional belief in eternal punishment (represented by Augustine), the “minority report” of universal salvation [...]

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Half-term fun

by Richard on October 29, 2009

Ironbridge
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Half-term fun

by Richard on October 28, 2009

Cadbury World, Birmingham. A paradise for chocoholics of all ages.
Posted via email from Richard Hall’s perfectly pointless blog

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Half term fun

by Richard on October 26, 2009

A happy family afternoon at the Lady Lever art gallery. See - I’m dead cultured, me.
There’s a good chance that this evening’s entertainment will be provided by Classic Cinema Online. Lots of grand old films for your streaming pleasure. How about a biblical potboiler like “Joseph and His Brethren”? That should be fun. [...]

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Sunday theology

by Richard on October 25, 2009

Ben Myers explains why he still confesses the filioque
In theology, Eastern Orthodoxy is the new black. These days it’s harder and harder to find any serious Protestant commitment to the western confession of filioque. The denomination in which I’m teaching, for instance, omits the filioque from liturgical confessions of the Nicene Creed.
In recent Protestant theology, [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 25, 2009

Father of Jesus Christ — my Lord,
My Saviour and my Head –
I trust in thee, whose powerful word
Has raised him from the dead.
Thou know’st for my offence he died,
And rose again for me,
Fully and freely justified
That I might live to thee.
Faith in thy power thou seest I have,
For thou this faith hast wrought;
Dead souls thou [...]

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5ft Shelf: your favourite books, films and music

by Richard on October 24, 2009

In 1909 Dr Eliot, then President of Harvard University, claimed a liberal education could be achieved by reading a collection of books that would total no more than 5ft in width. A local publisher challenged him to name them and he responded with what became known as the Harvard Classics.
Shifting forward 100 years and into [...]

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Nick Griffin on TV

by Richard on October 23, 2009

I watched BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time last night, and I still find myself in two minds about whether the BBC did the right thing in having him on.
On the positive side, he came out of it looking a fool. Mind you, the other panelists didn’t exactly cover themselves with glory Bonnie Greer [...]

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Todd Bentley update

by Richard on October 23, 2009

Bene Diction has the latest on Todd Bentley’s restoration. Be warned that you should only watch the video if you have a strong stomach: you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more sickeningly self-serving. My guess is that it won’t be long before Mr Bentley returns to our screens.

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Evangelical universalism

by Richard on October 23, 2009

That splendid fellow Will Grady has an excellent post under the headline the evangelical universalist. I suspect it’s a theme to which he’ll be returning.
(For what it is worth, Will, my conclusions are similar to yours. What’s more, PamBG approves. So we must be right. )

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Pre-Copenhagen rally

by Richard on October 22, 2009

Energy Secretary Ed Miliband MP will host a public rally tonight in East London, to give an update, and take questions, on the current state of negotiations in the lead to Copenhagen.
The rally comes in the midst of a number of important meetings - such as the UK hosted Major Economies Forum, the EU Council [...]

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Makes you think

by Richard on October 21, 2009

There’s a video doing the rounds on Facebook, headed This should keep us all thinking. It tells the story of an atheist professor of philosophy at the University of Souhern California who taught a compulsory class which aimed to disprove the existence of God. Apparently, I was the 18410th person to watch it. I’ll save [...]

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Living in God (reblogged)

by Richard on October 20, 2009

I wonder if you know the tv comedy Open All Hours. British readers certainly will, though I’m not sure how widely travelled it has been. (It was filmed in my home town and I’ve got a particular soft spot for it)
In the show, the incomparable Ronnie Barker plays Arkwright, a stuttering shopkeeper whose meanness is [...]

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The Trinity and politics

by Richard on October 20, 2009

Tim Chesterton reflects on “the fellowship of the Holy Spirit”
I’ve often thought that we drain the lifeblood out of the third part of the phrase - ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ - by over-spiritualising it. Fellowship in the early church didn’t just mean warm feelings at the coffee hour - it meant that those [...]

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Christmas is coming

by Richard on October 20, 2009

Maggi Dawn has the distinction (I think) of having the first Christmas-related post in my feedreader this year. She reports the announcement of the Christmas advertising campaign from ChurchAds.net
Research done this year reveals that 85 per cent of people agree with the statement that “Christmas should be called Christmas because we are still a Christian [...]

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Let the fire fall

by Richard on October 19, 2009

On a theme related to my last post, Alan Bevere has a video report of a Bible-burning church in North Carolina. A little googling provided me with the church’s own invitation to this hallowe’en festival of fire
Halloween Book Burning
Burning Perversions of God’s Word
October 31, 2009
7:00 PM - Till
Great Preaching and Singing
Come to our Halloween book [...]

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How not to argue

by Richard on October 19, 2009

It isn’t very often that you’ll find me siding with Richard Dawkins, but I’m with Mark Meynell. In this exchange between Bill O’Reilly (of Fox News) and Dawkins, my sympathies are all with the Professor.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 18, 2009

IN every time and place,
Who serve the Lord most high,
Are called his sovereign will to embrace,
And still their own deny;
To follow his command,
On earth as pilgrims rove,
And seek an undiscovered land,
And house, and friends above.
Father, the narrow path
To that far country show;
And in the steps of Abraham’s faith
Enable me to go,
A cheerful sojourner
Where’er thou [...]

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